Captain David Smithey
David grew up in the Carolinas and spent most of his adult life in the Wilmington and Carolina Beach area. He is a military veteran and spent 31 years in law enforcement from which he has retired from at rank of Major.
He started diving in 1979 and holds many certification in scuba. His favorite way to spend time is diving with his family and friends or hovering over a 5lb flounder just before spearing it.
He obtained his U.S.C.G. license in 2008 and has worked on various dive boats include the Hawksbill, which he co-owned along with Cape Fear Dive Center.
Garrett McMillian-Lead Instructor
Garrett developed an interest in underwater activities as a child, while seeking out hidden air pockets in the pool. He obtained his Open Water certification through NAUI while attending East Carolina University. Since then, he has earned several recreational and technical certifications while diving sites in Iceland, Malta, Mexico, California and Florida.
He joined CB Scuba as First Mate in 2018 and began teaching at the end of 2020. Garrett enjoys leading dive expeditions, photography, spear fishing, and just about anything that involves boating or the ocean. Other interests include shooting, physical fitness and martial arts. His hope is that his daughter will learn to enjoy scuba as much as he does.
Garrett’s Instructor specialties are: Nitrox, Boat Diver, Deep Diver, Underwater Navigation, Night/Limited Visibility Diving, Rescue Diver.
Bob started his underwater journey in 2003 while he served as a US Marine in Okinawa, Japan. Due to the ensuing deployments, he was unable to pursue further diving experiences. He re-discovered his passion in 2018 and since then, has been diving as much as possible in the Carolinas, Florida, Jamaica, The Bahamas and other tropical locations. Upon retirement from the military, he recruited his wife and children to become certified as well. Golf is another hobby he enjoys and he aims to play as many different courses as possible. Bob joined Carolina Beach Scuba April 2021 and has multiple instructor specialties to meet the needs of his clients.
Bob’s Instructor specialties are: Nitrox, Boat Diver, Deep Diver, Underwater Navigation, Night/Limited Visibility Diving, Rescue Diver, Search and Recovery.
Keith Jernigan-Sales Associate
Keith moved to Wilmington in 2021 after retiring from a government career in Environmental Services. Growing up in Fayetteville NC, he spent his summers visiting the Wilmington area beaches and fell in love with the ocean. He found his way to scuba diving in 2019 and spends much of his free time exploring the many shipwrecks off North Carolina's coast. Keith holds advanced certifications with multiple agencies and is currently working toward his Divemaster professional certification.
Terry grew up near Asheboro NC. Her passion and love for the ocean began and grew while at Carolina Beach on vacation. She received her Open Water certification in 2011 and her Dive Master certification in 2017. Terry has many dives in and out of the country but her favorite place to dive is at Carolina Beach. She volunteers and dives at the NC Aquarium. She has worked at Carolina Beach Scuba since 2015. One of her favorite things to do is to assist with Open Water Courses and to share her Scuba experiences with others.